Reactions trail UK’s vote to leave the EU

Hauwa Abubakar

British Prime minister

World Political leaders have continued to react to the UK’s vote to leave the EU.

The result of the referendum was announced early Friday morning after the nation voted on Thursday.

The European Commission held a news conference in Brussels and its President Jean Claude Juncker called on British leaders to start negotiations for its smooth exit as soon as possible.

Juncker said the result of the referendum was shocking but added the EU will remain strong.

David Cameron announced his resignation after the results were announced even as 85 members of parliament signed a letter calling on him to reconsider his decision.

Reacting to his resignation announcement, key Leave campaigner, former Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said Cameron would be remembered through history as a remarkable Prime Minister who led the nation to make a historic decision to “take back control.”

In another news conference in Scotland, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland voted to remain in the EU and it would be undemocratic to have to leave against its will.

She added that a window for a new independence referendum has been opened noting that arrangements would be made for one.

“A lot of people who voted to remain in the UK in 2014 have had time to reflect and many of them have contacted me,” she said.

Sturgeon said EU citizens in Scotland would remain a part of the nation.

Elsewhere in Germany, Angela Merkel called for calm as she noted that the EU would remain strong without the UK. “Stay calm and composed” she said.

The leave team polled 51.9% of votes while remain polled 48.1% and there was 72% turn out of voters.

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